Old school – NEW world

Bridging the gap . . .

Tag: graffiti

a mem – wah . . (memoir)

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INDIAN . . . NOT native American !!

I don’t remember reading an interview with anyone who went to IAIA when Fritz Scholder was an instructor there . . . anyone who was a student of his . . . down on CERRILLOS RD . . . .

I think Fritz was living up on CANYON RD at the time . . . and I was at Middle Dorm IAIA . . . 2nd floor rooming with my cousin . . . anyway I THINK my roommate might have been a cousin . . . we were both from the same town.

Yeh . . . Scholder . . . I had a 2D design class that he taught initially, and eventually moved into his studio painting class . . . I had a cubicle about 6 feet X 6 feet.

I had been booted out of Allen Houser’s sculpture class . . . into Seymour Tubis‘ printmaking class, and then got shunted up into Fritz’s kingdom. I was also in Leo Bushman’s painting class.

whew !!

I say UP because his studio spaces were in one of the original Indian School buildings . . . I saw Fritz more in the design class than I did in the studio section.

Two VERY significant things I remember about Fritz . . . one, he made me get rid of, or I should say HE got rid of my excess paint brushes . . . Fritz came in on one of his rare visits and asked me which of the brushes in my “brush” can I used the most . . . I picked out 2 or 3 and he took the rest and threw them in the trash (!!) then told me to learn to use the ones I had left . . . sort of like Hokusai . . . the SECOND milestone was when he asked me if a painting I had been working on was “finished” or not . . . I realized he had been visiting my workspace while I was in another class, and he was aware that I had not worked on the canvas in question for 1 or 2 days . . . I looked the painting and then said, ” . . . yes, it’s finished . . .” His reply was, “Get another canvas stretched.” and he left.

I don’t recall ever seeing any other students in the studio . . . although there were works-in-progress in various cubicles . . .

end of part 1 . . .

p.s. I never attained any status as an “INDIAN” artist like T.C. Cannon or Doug Hyde . . . both who were at IAIA when I was . . .

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cracks . . .

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. . . I read (past tense) this post the other day on Nubby’s link love . . . and, here’s what I have to say:

TO: Bri . . .

Some advice from an old “high mileage” guy . . .

What you need to understand is that YOU don’t know everything and can’t DO everything . . . simple !!

Being 20 or 30 something, you should still be learning your trade or craft, AND be working with or for someone who has achieved at a much higher level in your chosen field.

When I was 35 or so, I had a class at Otis/Parsons in L.A. and a visiting speaker from the Harvard Business School passed on some very useful information – what he said was:

    1. You can’t hang out with your peers because they don’t know any more than you, and often, less;

    2. Hang out with those who have achieved at a higher level in your chosen field of endeavor, by doing so, you “pull” yourself up the ladder – sounds mercenary but if you want to succeed . . . .well you get it; and,

    3. You need to have a “godfather” (mentor), someone who is well connected in your field and can make things happen.

Yeh yeh I know everyone thinks they can run a business . . . BUT it ain’t easy and unless you’re willing to let go of the EGO . . . you will slip between the bleacher seats and end up like the candy wrappers.

Comments on your blog are usually from PEERS . . . see item #1 above . . .

Oh, and another thing . . . focus on ONE interest . . . yeh I know all the girls are ooo-ing and aah-ing and it’s a rush . . . but do you really want a career or just the glitz and glamour ??

In the end YOU have to make the choice . . .

p.s. I’m 68 years old and starting a new life . . . but I have a LOT of experience in my bag, and I DON’T want to start a business or dye my hair pink.

silos . . .

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. . . visited my fav art gallery this a.m. . . . checking for new additions . . . modifications . . .

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. . . lots of stupid tagging happening of late . . .

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The interiors of the structures have some work . . . the problem is getting out once you’ve finished painting . . . the floor of the silos lie about 8 feet below the first opening . . . access windows are approximately 18″ X 24″ . . . bit of a tight fit . . .

square . . .

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the squareness . . .
of it all.

Polaroid immediacy . . .
square . . .
mask . . .
blue tape.

– – – > to do . . .

create process for . . . persona
freehand . . . cardboard template . . . tape-up

. . . for some reason the square format has always lingered in the background of the creative . . . MY creative processes . . . like a buzzing in the ears . . . Hasselblad, Yashica . . . TTL . . . SpartaFlex . . . retro . . .

Today I did the first attack . . . spray can arsenal on boxboard templates I made a few days ago . . .

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. . . squareness is my mission . . . to make personal persona tag marks . . . the grafitto paint imagery will also serve as background for manipulation on the iPad with downloaded drawing and text apps . . . multiple exposure . . . Lomo and random FX generation . . . .

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I was suddenly aware of the fact that aerosol paint does not set fast and I had smudged lines . . . but now I know that my project will work best with wide tape masking and pieces of cardboard to use as straight edges . . .

A tribute to my gone Polaroid . . .

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Tuesday . . .

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. . . the aich-two-oh madness is almost upon us . . .

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Yep! almost the most sacred day of the year here in the high Sierra montagne . . .

THE FIRST DAY OF FISHING SEASON !!!

SATURDAY . . . OMFG !!! FISHING SEASON!!!

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Fill the boat with beer . . . and . . . and MORE BEER . . . and . . . DON’T FORGET THE BEER!!

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. . . ever watch the “flatlanders” try to catch fish as the DFG “fish” truck empties its load into a stream . . . the newly dumped fish swarm in a tight ball with no thought of eating . . . they’re too busy trying to figure out WTF just happened . . . and the “fishermen” are in a frenzy casting hooks with powerbait and salmon eggs an worms AND that VELVEETA cheese shit into the “crick” . . .

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. . . apologies to Mel Ramos . . . ah henh!!

For a very long time . . . and i mean a V-E-R-Y long time, I didn’t know that people ate VELVEETA . . . really!! . . . almost as bad as cheese whiz !!!

. . . all MY pics generated with the iPod Touch and Pixlromatic app on the iPad 2 . . . lures are some of the personal minutiae lying about the residence . . .

Photography & the iPod Touch

I’ve always been a fast and dirty guy when it came to film processing and other things photographic, BUT, when I got all the apps for my new iTouch, its like all the girls I lusted after as an 11 year old poonster, appeared . . . naked and otherwise. . . . so I’ve been carrying my new appendage around, snapping pics, snapshots if you will, in true street fashion . . . like Catrier-Bresson, Brassai, or Gary Winogrand, to name a few . . . uh, where was I . . . oh yeh, my new camera . . . some of the apps let me shoot using the default camera and then produces a modified image, like a “cross-processed” pic like some footage from “Man on Fire” (one of my favorite movies) for example, OR it will give me a faux Polaroid . . . YEE HAW!!

Today I was in Reno NV and “discovered” a new wall . . . on Virginia Street . . . I think the wall is somehow related to the tattoo shop two doors south . . .

These photos are taken with the on-board iPod Touch camera, with no manipulation . . .

RENO

RENO

RENO

RENO

. . . gritty, street stuff . . .

. . . shot out the car window driving south on Virginia Street . . .

RENO

RENO

In the shot above, the camera exposed for the sky and lost shadow details . . .

But what I was excited about was the highway guard rail on Highway 395, at the Mono Lake scenic overlook near Conway Summit . . . the guard rail is like the famouso Newspaper Rock where pioneers and mountain men scratched their names, dates, and other things commemorating passing this particular rock somewhere on the Great Plains while “going west” . . . yeh, the internet is sort of like a virtual “Newspaper Rock” in cyberspace. The guard rail is approximately 30 meters in length.

TAGS

TAGS

TAGS

I’m always amazed by the number and variety of stickers that are out in the world . . .

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TAGS

TAGS

TAGS

TAGS

TAGS

. . . a familiar scrawl . . .

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. . . wabi sabi . . .

TAGS

TAGS

TAGS

TAGS

TAGS

What I like best about the iTouch and the apps that I have is . . . I can “process” my images in the car, or wherever AND whenever I have time . . . and I can edit the “cameraroll” with a flick of the finger . . . s-o-o-o . . . now I don’t have to wait until I get back to the “studio” or “shop” like with the big Canon . . . oh yeh, I can post or tweet from Starbucks whilst sipping a mucho grande cappuccino . . . wet, of course . . .

“Splice” . . .

Yeh, I messed up on this post . . . was originally intended to be about the “Splice” video editing app, but . . . I inserted stills of graffiti on the silos and forgot to say anything about the app . . . here are a few pics of the “silos” . . . new tags over some of the old panels . . . review of the app later.

I’m going to re-shoot the stuff at the silos (landscape mode) and make a small video for YouTube . . . coming soon.

25th Century

Today I went out and shot video and stills with the new iPod . . . yes, it is amazing. I also crafted an iPod “friendly” carrying case out of a pair of panties . . . you’ll have to figure THAT process out for yourself.

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The photo below was modified with the ShakeIt app, using the “Polaroid” format, and the Photo Shop ExpressSketch” tool to drop middle values.

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. . . and this photo is the original image – my new Star Wars figure standing with some bisque coffee mugs . . .

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Even the cat was impressed . . .

This “little” piece of technology – the iPod Touch – is just fucking amazing . . .

Doing things . . .

Doing the things I used to do . . .

. . . to paraphrase Chuck Berry, I’ve “. . . started back doing the things I used to do . . .” – stencils and spray paint – I’m still up to my ankles in denim and the boro concept project, but I decided to work outside the box for a bit and do some t-shirts and graffiti influenced graphics . . . now I have paint stained left hand . . . I have to hold the cardboard while spraying, so the paint gets on my hand as well as the stencil.

Sho Chiku Bai Organic Nama Sake. . . holy crap, I KNEW this organic crap couldn’t be from Japan . . . I was ko-wrecked, the rice is grown in the Sacramento Valley, that’s in Cali-land, right?

I got this on my birthday, Sunday . . .

FAKE

NICE body . . . uh, I mean bottle” . . . got the Organic Certified – OCIA seal on the back along with this blurb: “This draft-type Nama Sake is delicious, full-bodied sake with a hint of fruity aroma. It’s mild, smooth and fresh taste pair well with a wide range of foods, from sushi to teriyaki dishes.” Oh . . . K-A-Y, but can you get a buzz? I’m not a sake snob, so it goes well with chips-and-dip (your choice of flavor) and chili dogs with grated cheese and diced onions. Oh, you can drink it while you nosh on sushi or the teriyaki stuff mentioned in the above text. BUT . . . if you really want to get on the edge, put the bottle in the freezer section of the frig and wait until the liquid gets “slushy”, and then treat yourself to a truly AWESOME brain-freeze!! This Nama Sake is best when chilled . . . I gave up on warm or hot sake after drinking shoju with a Korean artist/friend.

Mural 1998 (No-spray Graffiti)

MURAL

1998

This triptych was painted in 1998 as a demonstration piece for a lesson on large scale graphics, i.e. billboards and commercial signs on storefronts and buildings – the lesson also focused on using materials that were available at no cost to the painter, such as cardboard, and old classroom chalkboards. The school district where I was teaching at the time had changed out the old green chalkboards and was discarding them; a canvas or panel of this size would have cost a considerable number of USD.

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Detail

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Use of silouettes and line

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Masking tape extravaganza

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Use of pre-existing textures (glue to secure Chalboard to wall)

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Texture and tape on-the-cheap

Influences: Robert Rauschenburg, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel DuChamp, Tom Wesselman and the Beat Generation.